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  1. Suicide Brain May Hold Key to Depression

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- A study that compared the brains of suicide victims to those of people who died suddenly from other causes found key differences in specific brain cells in the white matter of the brain. The finding lends support to the idea that inflammation within the brain plays a key role in depr

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  2. Richer Countries Have Higher Depression Rates

    July 26, 2011 -- Depression rates around the world vary according to a nation's affluence, with the highest income countries -- including the U.S. -- reporting the highest levels of depression, a study shows. For the study, an international team working with the World Health Organization's World Men

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  3. Fat Pharms: Antidepressants and Weight Gain

    Seeking help for depression -- and following through with antidepressant medication -- is a courageous and important first step on the road to recovery. But too often, those who take that step find themselves faced with another troubling problem: weight gain. Experts say that for up to 25% of people

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  4. 3 Food Traps to Avoid When You're Depressed

    When you’re struggling with depression, your eating habits often suffer. Some people overeat and gain weight, turning to food to lift their mood. Others find they’re too exhausted to prepare balanced meals or that they’ve lost their appetite. "Whether you're overeating or not eating enough, you may

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  5. Depression and Risky Behavior

    Depression poses many dangers, burdening people with hopelessness and raising their risk of suicide. But in attempts to quell the pain, some turn to alcohol, drugs, and other harmful behaviors that endanger them even further, psychologists say. “There is a strong relationship between depression and

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  6. Child Care May Protect Toddlers From Mom’s Depression

    June 13, 2011 -- Just a few hours formal child care per week can help shield toddlers from some of the lingering effects of their mom’s depression. Maternal depression has been linked to an increased risk of certain behavior problems in children, but the new study shows that just over three hours a

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  7. Top 7 Therapy Myths Debunked

    Many people have a perception of talk therapy that doesn't quite match up to reality. If you think therapy means lying on a couch with a box of tissues and paying top dollar to talk to someone who doesn't quite get it, or that it's only for people who are mentally ill, think again. It turns out that

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  8. Foods to Help You Feel Better

    Are you feeling down in the dumps? Are you irritated at how often you’ve been irritable? Perhaps it’s time to look at the foods and drinks you consume to see if they are trashing your mood. Nutrition experts say that the foods you eat can help you feel better -- or feel worse -- in the short-term an

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  9. Craving Carbs: Is It Depression?

    Does a bad day at the office or a tiff with your spouse send you marching to the cookie jar or the corner bakery? Or do you find yourself at the vending machine every day precisely at 4 p.m. for some crackers or candy? If either scenario fits, you're not alone. Many people crave carbohydrates -- esp

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  10. Drug May Improve Depression and Sleep

    May 17, 2011 -- An antidepressant that modifies sleep-wake cycles proved effective for treating major depression while also improving the sleep quality of patients in key studies, according to a newly published study. The melatonin-based drug agomelatine was recently approved in Europe and Australia

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